Actress Melissa Gilbert drops run for Congress in Michigan

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HOLLYWOOD - OCTOBER 25: Actress Melissa Gilbert arrives at the Award Of Excellence Star presentation for the Screen Actors Guild on Hollywood Boulevard October 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert is dropping her run for Congress in Michigan.

Gilbert was the only Democrat challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop in the 8th District. But in a statement Tuesday, she says health problems are forcing her out of the race.

The 52-year-old Gilbert says she’s following the advice of doctors. She says head and neck injuries from two accidents in 2012 “have only gotten worse.”

In a statement, Bishop says, “I wish her the best.”

The filing deadline has expired. But the Michigan Democratic Party says county parties in the 8th District can put another candidate on the ballot.

Gilbert was president of the Screen Actors Guild from 2001-2005 after playing Laura Ingalls on “Little House” in the 1970s and 1980s.

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  • Fidel Sarcastro

    That is too bad. If she can’t stick her neck out and if her head isn’t on straight, she would seem to have all the typical qualifications of a Michigan state legislator.

    • NO PC FOR ME

      Just be grateful a California liberal transplant din’t become a member of Michigan congress. This time-

      • Dirk VanAtter

        You got that right!
        I think she should move to Oklahoma and try there. Then at least they could do a reality show called “Congresional House on the Prairie” and make the state some money. They’d have to track down Nellie Olson to run as a Republican though.